Benghazi Boilerplate

No less than eight Congressional committees, according to Glenn Beck’s Real News reporters, are investigating the Benghazi debacle.  For months, Glenn has been offering ample evidence of a cover-up about the handling of the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012.  Redacted memos.  Statements by agents and other officials.  Cries from the families of the victims for justice.

The Mainstream Media lays a dubious claim to the title of journalists.  They behave just as if they were the public relations firm of the Administration or the Democrat Party.  On Glenn’s website, there was this article on the laissez-faire attitude regarding the on-going investigations:

Beck writes, “Yesterday I warned that GOP leaders on Capitol Hill could really drop the ball on the Benghazi investigation by making it a political issue. The best course of action for everyone involved here is to pursue the truth.  Period.  But before today’s congressional hearing even begins, the media is gearing up to write the whole thing off as a political stunt.”

“How?  With some carefully crafted language. Take a look at a sampling of this morning’s news coverage…  (all emphases mine)”

“CNN: This isn’t really a news story…

“’The Obama administration’s handling of the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack has long sparked outrage from Republicans on Capitol Hill and fueled conspiracy theories on talk shows and across the blogosphere.

‘And those sparks are likely to touch off fireworks Wednesday, when three current State Department employees are expected to contradict their leadership in testimony before Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s oversight committee.’

“The New York Times: Darn those pesky Republicans…

“’If there’s a story – or even a word – that’s more fraught with divisive American politics than ‘Benghazi,’ I’m unaware of it.

“’The attacks last fall on an American diplomatic mission and C.I.A. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four American government employees, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, have become a flash point for critics of the Obama administration who see what happened as proof of the president’s incompetence, or worse. They see the aftermath as a cover-up.

“NPR: The State Department would never lie to us… 

“’The issue has become a cause celebre among conservative media outlets.  On his radio show Monday , former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Hicks will testify that four special operations soldiers in Tripoli were not allowed to board a Libyan military cargo plane that was leaving for Benghazi.

“’We now know that special forces were poised and ready and had repeatedly asked for permission to go in and try to intervene, and they were told to stand down,’ Huckabee said. ‘I know that Mr. Hicks will testify that his jaw dropped when later Hillary Clinton said she did not know of any requests for assistance and that there were no requests for assistance.’”

“[Notice that they don’t report the news about

the special operations team as from Hicks — they report it as something Mike Huckabee said.]

“On the same show, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Wednesday’s hearing could be a turning point.”

“’I think the dam is about to break, and you’re going find a system failure before, during and after,’ he said. ‘You’re going to find political manipulation, seven weeks before an election. You’re going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton.’”

“’The focus on Clinton comes amid speculation that the former secretary of state will run for president.  Asked Monday whether the House investigation into Benghazi was purely political, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell replied, ‘It certainly seems so, so far. I mean, this is not sort of a collaborative process where the committee is working directly with us and trying to establish facts that would help, you know, as we look to keep our people safe overseas in a very complex environment.’”

“The Boston Herald: News isn’t news if it comes from Republicans…

“’House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race.’”

“The Washington Post: Republicans have to “tie” the president to his own administration…

“’Republican lawmakers, who have spent months seeking to tie President Obama to last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, are increasingly focusing their probe  on a new target: former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.’”

“Four dead Americans.  Countless unanswered questions.  Yep, just politics as usual, or something,” Beck concludes.

News, as the Mainstream Public Relations Corps defines it, is definitely not news if it comes from Republicans about Democrats.  This love affair dates back all the way to FDR’s administration when he would invite the senior editors and reporters to picnics to dictate what the headlines were going to be for the week.

The Public Relations Media is flexing its muscles in the Benghazi Investigation to prove that they are truly the gatekeepers of official information and public opinion.  In the film, The American President, Sydney Allen Wade (Annette Bening) tells a client, “The people think what I tell them to think!”

For a grossly Liberal movie, it had a number of great lines.  But this second quote, an exchange between the chief of staff and the speechwriter stands out in light of the Benghazi attack:

A. J. MacInerney: The President doesn’t answer to you, Lewis!

Lewis Rothschild: Oh, yes he does, A.J. I’m a citizen, this is my President. And in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders it’s our responsibility!

Still, Obama wants us to reject “those voices” such as Glenn Beck’s who imagine “sinister” motives behind every move this administration makes, even when redacted memos are uncovered that reveal the truth about the government’s negligence in the attack, failing to provide timely security for the employees in the consulate annex.  Even in the face of the former Secretary of State’s noblesse oblige so-what attitude about the four deaths (“What difference does it make?” she shrieked), the Public Relations Media does its job of covering up for its handlers.  The message is:  Nothing to see here.  Change the channel.  Click on the story about the three naked ladies on dog leashes in a Cleveland neighborhood. 

“Death is just part of life.”

And lying is just part of politics and cover-ups a part of public relations journalism.



Published in: on May 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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